In the last month things have really fallen into place for me. This coming Friday will be my last day as an Art Institute employee, and I am both nervous and excited for my departure. I've been here for just over three years, my final year being a rollercoaster of sorts. But it cannot go without saying that this place has fostered an immense amount of growth both personally and professionally, and for that I will always be grateful.
When it came time for me to decide to leave, I knew that I had to be brave. That I had to put the proverbial 'gut' in Guttman. I knew that it wouldn't be easy, that I would be saying goodbye to a lot of good people, and giving up the pleasure and privilege of working with a collection of art that I love. But I know that this is my time for advancement, that it is time for a change. And I am leaving the museum amicably - I can always return with arms outstretched.
To those of you who have told me you were proud of me over the years, thank you.
To those of you who have visited me at work, and requested a tour, thank you.
To those of you who encouraged me to seek what makes me happiest, thank you.
And to those of you who have graciously supported me during this time of transition, thank you.
I will be updating you with posts about my *new job* once it begins, but until then, please enjoy some of my favorite memories from working at the Art Institute.
|Mad Men Day with my fellow Museum Education interns|
|Visiting Packing to meet the rockstars of the museum|
|Eating dinner in the Chicago Gallery|
|Seeing our Lions donned with the Blackhawks helmets not once, but twice!|
|Being in the galleries before and after hours|
|Taking a drawing class at the School for free|
|Giving a tour to students for the first time|
|All-staff meetings in Fullerton Hall|
|Giving tours to my friends|
|Eating at Terzo Piano (at a discount!)|
|The night they projected the Warhol film "Empire" onto another building in the Loop|